The Ray Bradbury Theater: Usher II TV Show
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  • Overall, it's average in quality, but I'd recommend it for the value of its lesson

    • by Orrymain

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      Originally having aired in August 1990, The Ray Bradbury Theater: Usher II guest stars Patrick MacNee as a man named Stendahl. It’s a futuristic yarn where the extremely wealthy Stendahl exacts revenge against those who were responsible for the banning and burning of books; more specifically, his library of very well known and famous books by noted authors. This story tells how he follows through with

      his plan.

      As is often the case in these Bradbury stories, sometimes they go a bit weird in spots. While I understand the point and how it’s done, there are convoluted segments that have me scrunching my face, going ‘huh’? In truth, a lot of the beginning makes more sense once you get to the end. I’ve mentioned this before, that I feel Bradbury neglects to ...

      • give his reader, or in this case viewer, enough information when they are starting out.

        It also might help to think of this as Bradbury’s version of Fahrenheit 451, only with an ending that focuses on the revenge and not escaping from the nightmare.

        Stendahl ultimately builds a castle, but it’s not a normal castle. This one is considered haunted and the occupants just happen to be androids.

        Stendahl refers to his place as the second House of Usher.

        After a second viewing, it’s much more comprehendible, at least for me. MacNee is solid in his performance, and the message of the story is as good as that of Fahrenheit 451 or any other show that includes a bit on book banning and burning.

        Overall, it’s average in quality, but I’d recommend it for the value of its lesson.

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